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The question of what children might want has been largely ignored in the debate over marriage

Vatican bank (AP)

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A statue of Blessed John Paul II is silhouetted in front of the Cathedral of St. Sebastian in Rio de Janeiro Photo: CNS

Within a few minutes of meeting new friends at WYD you feel as if you have known them forever

Workers make last-minute preparations at the World Youth Day vigil venue (AP)

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Under Ireland's new legislation babies can be aborted up to birth in certain circumstances Photo: Press Association

Abortion’s impact on Ireland’s culture will be dire

Pope Francis will use a car similar to this one in Rio (AP)

Today’s Catholic must-reads: 17/07/13

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St Bridesæ a beautiful church

Beauty is not enough for the Church

The National Churches Trust question about the nation’s favourite churches says much

Altar servers pictured at an Extraordinary Form Mass at the Basilica of St John Lateran in Rome (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

There is room in the Faith for both the Extraordinary Form and the kind of Franciscan austerity embodied by the Pontiff

Pro-abortion campaigners in Ireland (Photo: PA)

Laurie Penny writes of “basic bodily autonomy”, but does such a thing exist?

Cardinal Oswald Gracias is one of the Pope's eight closest cardinal-advisers (AP)

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